Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has declared Monday, November 13, a public holiday.
In a special gazette notice, the CS announced that the day will be set aside as the national tree growing day for the ongoing short rains season, during which the Ministry of Environment has set a target of nurturing 500 million seedlings.
“IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares Monday, 13th November, 2023, a public holiday in which the public shall be engaged in tree growing countrywide,” read part of the notice.
According to the CS, the exercise will be part of the of the Kenya’s Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration-Towards the Growing of 15 billion trees.
President William Ruto participates in tree-planting exercise at Ngong’ Hills Forest, Kajiado County, in December 2022.
Kindiki revealed that there will be a designated national venue for the planting exercise.
President William Ruto is expected to preside over the special event.
Additionally, other venues shall be announced in the 47 counties to be presided over by Cabinet Secretaries and Governors.
The government is banking on the general public to participate to make the event a success.
President Ruto has been at the forefront of calling for an increase in the country’s forest cover, encouraging more Kenyans to plant trees.
The exercise is also meant to mitigate against the effects of climate change.
Ruto had earlier urged those who were part of the Kazi Mtaani to take up roles in the initiative to plant 15 billion trees in 10 years.
“For the first time, I found out that we had to pray before we plant trees. We have always tried to plant trees in Kenya and our success has been mixed because we did not have the element of prayer. Now that we do, I am very confident that we will succeed in our plan to plant 15 billion trees in the next 10 years,” he stated in May.
President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto planting a tree at the Groove of Nations at Jerusalem Forest on May 9, 2023.